FORT DRUM, New York (Aug. 13, 2018) -- More than 50 contracting officer representatives appointed over more than 260 contracts valued in excess of $34 million at Fort Drum, New York, were recognized by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command as part of its first appreciation day in July.Contracting officers throughout the MICC rely on contracting officer representatives to monitor contract performance and perform other duties as part of their appointment. Fort Drum contracts include the facilities maintenance of the Missile Defense Agency, custodial services for the entire installation, dining facility attendants, Soldier travel and transportation, and the ID card facility, just to name a few."All of these contracts effect Soldier readiness and commanders' abilities to prepare, train and fight," said Anthony Sligar, the deputy director for MICC-Fort Drum. "The hard work, attention to detail and professionalism of these men and women are paramount in the success of these contracts and the effect on the warfighter."A contracting officer representative, or COR, is an individual authorized in writing by the contracting officer to perform specific technical or administrative contract functions. The primary role of the COR is to monitor the contractor's performance and serve as the technical liaison between the contractor and contracting officer.Moses Faciane, the quality assurance specialist for MICC-Fort Drum, organized the event in order to bring everyone together and let CORs know that their support of the contracting process was appreciated and necessary."The COR role is an additional duty and is critical in supporting the contracting officer, ensuring successful contractor performance and the fulfillment of the requiring activities' mission needs," Faciane said. "The office wanted to take the opportunity to show its appreciation and say thank you for the support these CORs provide."The day began with an awards ceremony recognizing two department of public works employees. Randy LeBlanc was named the COR of the Year for the contracting office's mission support division, and James Spaulding was named the COR of the Year for the office's installation support division. The other 50 CORs were all presented with certificates of appreciation.The appreciation day also included a barbeque potluck lunch and activities between the CORs and their MICC counterparts. Faciane added it was a great time for these team members to get to know each other a little better through face-to-face interaction instead of email and internet communications.About the MICC: Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. The command is made up of two contracting support brigades, two field directorates, 30 contracting offices and nine battalions. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.